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January 1, 2015
Molasses seems like a substance that emanates from the earth itself: a gooey, gummy lava flow that’s been cooking underground for millenia. But that’s not the truth of molasses. While it’s true that it’s old (dating back to the mid 1500’s), it is no longer the ubiquitous sweetener in our daily lives. It is usually the support for cinnamon, allspice, mace, ginger and the rest, but it’s not often a featured flavour by itself. So when I tasted the Molasses Crumb Cakelet, I felt as though I tasted molasses for the first time, since there were no other flavours to distract me. There is nothing delicate about it–slightly bitter and a little earthy with a dark, spicy sweetness that intrigues me. Now I have a different appreciation of molasses.
My first reaction to them was they were odd, as the flavour was intense, and maybe they were too moist, or greasy, or I don’t know what. But after a few days, the moisture seemed to even out, and the strength of the molasses settled down. I also realized that I was developing a palette for these tiny punch-you-in-the-face cakes. I mean that it took me a few days to give up my preconceived notions of what molasses should taste like, and accept their simplicity. I learned something here and am happy with the experience.
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